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Iran Human Rights Review: Violence

[Cover of Iran Human Rights Review: Violence]

Shadi Sadr, Tahirih Danesh (Ed.)

January 2014

This edition of the Iran Human Rights Review addresses the critical issue of violence in Iran and how it is used at all levels of society, from the actions of the national government to domestic life to reinforce the values of the Islamic Republic and prevent challenges to the status quo. The Iran Human Rights Review: Violence tackles a number of important issues from the role of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) and the volunteer paramilitary Baseej, the use of the death penalty in spreading fear, the treatment of prisoners and systemic discrimination against women and ethnic and religious minorities in Iran.

Edited by Tahirih Danesh (Senior Research Associate, Foreign Policy Centre) and Shadi Sadr (Founder, Justice for Iran), the Iran Human Rights Review: Violence features a range of expert contributions from: Nasrin Afzali, Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam and Tabassom Fanaian (Iran Human Rights), Maedeh Ghaderi, Musa Barzin Khalifeloo, Mahnaz Parakand, Hossein Raeesi and Rouhi Shafii (International Coalition against Violence in Iran-ICAVI). Leading international human rights lawyer Professor Payam Akhavan provides a foreword to the collection.

This edition also marks the launch of the new dedicated online home for the Iran Human Rights Review (, with the new website displaying the new publication in both English and Farsi, and providing access to past issues and other key resources on human rights in Iran.